COVID-19 Vaccine

About the Vaccine

More than one vaccine is being developed for COVID-19. In total, the federal government has agreements to access seven different COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Covishield.

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

The first vaccine approved for use in Canada on December 9, 2020 is made by Pfizer-BioNTech. Another vaccine, made by Moderna, was authorized on December 23, 2020.

In total, Manitoba has been told it will receive 228,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by March 31, 2021. This is enough to immunize approximately seven per cent of Manitoba’s population. However, over time it is expected we will receive enough vaccine for every Manitoban who wants to be immunized.

For more information: Pfizer Vaccine
For more information: Moderna Vaccine


The AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD was approved for use in Canada on Feb. 26, 2021. This vaccine has different storage requirements than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, which make it easier to transport and store. These vaccine doses will primarily be used to provide COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

For more information: AstraZeneca/Covishield Vaccine

More information:

Procuring vaccines for COVID-19 - Government of Canada
Drug and vaccine authorizations for COVID-19 - Government of Canada